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Fort Campbell SFAAT Blackhorse says Afghan National Army’s 1st Kandak is proficient, capable, ready to lead

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Seven weeks ago, U.S. and Afghan National Security Forces worked together to clear enemy fighters from Hesarak, a remote district center in western Nangarhar Province.

That operation set several precedents: Afghan National Army and Air forces pooled their resources for a joint air assault; ANSF made their presence known in a little-patrolled area; and Afghans took the lead.

A U.S. Army Soldier with Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Blackhorse, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, examines a container of mortar rounds at former Forward Operating Base Connolly, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, July 7, 2013.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

A U.S. Army Soldier with Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Blackhorse, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, examines a container of mortar rounds at former Forward Operating Base Connolly, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, July 7, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Fort Campbell Soldiers observe Air Assault, the Afghan way

 

Written by U.S. Army National Guard Spc. Margaret Taylor
129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Dozens of Afghan National Army soldiers, Afghan Uniformed Police, and a smattering of U.S. Army Soldiers serving as mission advisors sat by their heavy packs on the gravel, talking and laughing in quiet anticipation, waiting for a sound.

After several hours of checks and double-checks, roll calls and final updates from the command center, the punchy staccato of rotors came faintly in the distance. Louder and louder the noise sounded, until the reverberations deafened and the dusty prop-wash buffeted those waiting at the landing zone for the choppers.

U.S. Army Soldiers from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, secure a landing zone for Afghan Air Force Mi-17 helicopters outside the village of Hesarak, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, May 17. The Mi-17s will transport Afghan National Army Soldiers back to Forward Operating Base Connolly after a successful Afghan led clearing operation. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Vang Seng Thao, 55th Signal Company, Combat Camera)

U.S. Army Soldiers from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, secure a landing zone for Afghan Air Force Mi-17 helicopters outside the village of Hesarak, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, May 17. The Mi-17s will transport Afghan National Army Soldiers back to Forward Operating Base Connolly after a successful Afghan led clearing operation. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Vang Seng Thao, 55th Signal Company, Combat Camera)

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Afghan Air Force receives combat lifesaving training at Jalalabad Airfield from Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team Medics

 

Written by 1st Lt. Lisa Maginot
Task Force 426 Unit Public Affairs Representative

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan – Soldiers of Company C, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conducted a five-day Combat Lifesaver, or CLS, course with the Afghan Air Force at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, January 5th-9th.

The five days consisted of intense medical training for the AAF personnel, who learned how to treat a combat casualty.  Specifically, they learned how to control traumatic bleeding, assess and maintain an airway, treat chest wounds and stabilize broken bones.

Soldiers from the Afghan Air Force practiced combat lifesaver skills on medical dummies Jan. 8th, 2013, at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan. The AAF personnel were trained in CLS by medics from Company C, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. (Courtesy photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Lisa Maginot)

Soldiers from the Afghan Air Force practiced combat lifesaver skills on medical dummies Jan. 8th, 2013, at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan. The AAF personnel were trained in CLS by medics from Company C, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. (Courtesy photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Lisa Maginot)

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The 159th Combat Aviation Brigade uncased their colors in a ceremony at Fort Campbell yesterday

 

159th Combat Aviation BrigadeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 159th Combat Aviation Brigade part of the 101st Airborne Division held a ceremony uncasing their unit colors at the Fort Campbell Army Airfield’s Passenger Processing Center on March 22nd.

The colors uncasing ceremony is a time-honored tradition that marks the final step of redeployment for the brigade from its yearlong mission providing rotary-wing aviation support throughout southern Afghanistan.

Col. Royar, the Commander of the 159th addressing the assembled soldiers and family members

Col. Royar, the Commander of the 159th addressing the assembled soldiers and family members

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Afghan Medic completes Flight Training

 

Written by Sgt. Shanika Futrell
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation Brigade

Kandahar, Afghanistan – After approximately 30 days of technical training, Afghan Air Force flight medic Sgt. Gulap Ahmadzia received a certificate of completion, July 27th, from Company C, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, for his participation of the U.S. Army and Afghanistan air force medical evacuation partnership program here.

Ahmadzia flew as a flight medic aboard a UH-60A Blackhawk during 13 medevac missions involving Afghan National Army and local national casualties from June 22nd to July 13th.

Afghan Air Force flight medic Sgt. Gulap Ahmadzia receives a certificate of completion, July 27th, from Company C, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment company commander Maj. Michael Mendenhall, for completion of the U.S. Army and Afghanistan Air Force medical evacuation partnership program here. Ahmadzia is the first Afghan flight medic to join Task Force Thunder's medevac crews as they move patients off of the battlefield. (Photo by Sgt. Shanika Futrell)

Afghan Air Force flight medic Sgt. Gulap Ahmadzia receives a certificate of completion, July 27th, from Company C, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment company commander Maj. Michael Mendenhall, for completion of the U.S. Army and Afghanistan Air Force medical evacuation partnership program here. Ahmadzia is the first Afghan flight medic to join Task Force Thunder's medevac crews as they move patients off of the battlefield. (Photo by Sgt. Shanika Futrell)

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Task Force Thunder, Afghan Air Force partner to train crew chiefs

 

Written by Spc. Jennifer Andersson
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation BrigadeKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – Soldiers with Task Force Thunder, (159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division), offered the first of a series of classes to train the Kandahar Air Wing of the Afghan Air Force here May 9th as part of the ongoing partnership between the two.

The Aircrew Coordination Training-Enhanced initial qualifications were designed to increase the effectiveness of the aircrews and facilitate better crew coordination.

“The goal is to train up the Afghan Air Wing to be non-rated crew members … to the effect they’ll be able to crew the aircraft and perform all crew coordination actions along with their pilots the way we do with ours,” said Sgt. 1st Class Clinton Bruce of Norco, CA, the enlisted standardization instructor for TF Thunder. «Read the rest of this article»

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Afghan Air Force discusses partnership with Task Force Thunder

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation BrigadeKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – Members of the Afghan Air Force met with the leaders of Task Force Thunder here April 2nd to discuss future partnership opportunities to further expand the capabilities of native rotary-wing assets.

Afghan Air Force Maj. Gen. Abdul Razik Sherzai, the commander of the Kandahar Air Wing, along with members of his staff, met with Task Force Thunder commander Col. Todd Royar and his subordinate leaders to evaluate how the two organizations could best work together.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Elizabeth Kimbrough - an AH-64 Apache pilot - and Capt. Donna Buono (middle) - the commander of Company B, 3rd Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, and an AH-64 Apache pilot - introduce Afghan air force Maj. Gen. Abdul Razik Sherzai, the commander of the Kandahar Air Wing, to the helicopter during the general's visit with Task Force Thunder here April 2nd. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl)

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Elizabeth Kimbrough - an AH-64 Apache pilot - and Capt. Donna Buono (middle) - the commander of Company B, 3rd Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, and an AH-64 Apache pilot - introduce Afghan air force Maj. Gen. Abdul Razik Sherzai, the commander of the Kandahar Air Wing, to the helicopter during the general's visit with Task Force Thunder here April 2nd. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl)

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Afghan forces resupply troops with food, ammo

 

Written by By U.S. Army Spc. Richard Daniels Jr.
Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogne

Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan – Afghan Soldiers from Zone 1 with assistance from their International Security Assistance Force partners in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province held their second resupply mission for Barge Matal at Forward Operating Base Fenty, March 10th.

(from left) U.S. Army Pfc. Ashley N. Bell of Clarksville, TN, U.S. Air Force Capt. Drew Walters of Alamosa, CO, and U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Paula G. Jennings of Corpus Christi, TX, load ammo onto an Afghan helicopter to resupply Afghan troops in Kunar Province along the eastern Afghanistan border March 10th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Richard Daniels Jr., Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

(from left) U.S. Army Pfc. Ashley N. Bell of Clarksville, TN, U.S. Air Force Capt. Drew Walters of Alamosa, CO, and U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Paula G. Jennings of Corpus Christi, TX, load ammo onto an Afghan helicopter to resupply Afghan troops in Kunar Province along the eastern Afghanistan border March 10th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Richard Daniels Jr., Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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Combined Action Program transfers authority of 2 academies to Afghan forces

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Monica K. Smith
3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – A formation of U.S. Soldiers stood alongside a formation of Afghan soldiers during a ceremony transferring authority of two academies from U.S. to Afghan forces October 9th at Kabul International Airport.

The two academies, the Crew Chief Academy and the Air Assault Academy, were part of four academies created by the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon, designed to train, coach and advise Afghan National Security Forces.

A formation of Afghan soldiers stand next a formation of U.S. Soldiers as they salute show respect for their respective national anthems during a transfer of authority ceremony Oct. 9th at Kabul International Airport. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Monica K. Smith, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon)

A formation of Afghan soldiers stand next a formation of U.S. Soldiers as they salute show respect for their respective national anthems during a transfer of authority ceremony Oct. 9th at Kabul International Airport. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Monica K. Smith, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Falcon)

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